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Sida overhauls rules for twinning

Sweden’s development research agency Sida has launched a new model for EU collaboration, hoping to match projects and priorities to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The agency announced on 29 May that the model would apply to all so-called twinning projects launched in 2019. Under the twinning programme, EU countries cooperate on research with countries hoping to join the union, in order to support structural development in these countries.

Under the new model, projects will be matched to the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global targets to be achieved by 2030. Each participating country is assigned a handful of topics in which they already have some research strength. Partners are then matched on the basis of these topics, in the hope that the resulting research will build scientific capacity in both twinning countries.

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